Newsom faces backlash over violating own coronavirus rules for French Laundry party

California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week attended a birthday party for political adviser Jason Kinney with at least a dozen attendees at a pricey Napa-based restaurant.

News of the Nov. 6 outdoor party at French Laundry, a highly-rated restaurant in Napa Valley, came the same day Newsom — as well as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee — announced a travel advisory for visitors leaving and entering their respective states ahead of Thanksgiving as the state experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Newsom, who has pleaded with residents to avoid social gatherings that mix households, said in a statement Friday that “while our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner.”

Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.